France says duck cull mostly over as bird flu stabilizes

A Mulard duck is force fed by an employee at a poultry farm in MontsoueFrance will scale back preventive slaughtering of ducks to counter bird flu after the culling of 800,000 birds this month helped slow the spread of the disease in the southwest, the country's agriculture minister said on Thursday. France resorted to a mass cull after the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu started spreading among farms in the southwest, the country's main production zone for the duck and goose liver speciality foie gras. "We have passed the peak in preventive culling," Stephane Le Foll told reporters.

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